Category Archives: 03-13-2013

AM moratorium exemptions outlined

Anna Maria building official Bob Welch, working last week with city attorney Jim Dye, determined guidelines for construction projects to be exempt from an in-process building moratorium. The city commission at its Feb. 28 meeting agreed to allow certain projects to proceed, but said Welch and Dye must agree on what’s  “in the pipeline” and […]

Employee winner

Anna Maria Island Elementary School custodian Todd Persinger, left, is congratulated March 8 by principal David Marshall on being named Manatee County School District Support Employee of the Year. Persinger received a $5,000 savings account at Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, game tickets and a trip to Pittsburgh for a Pirates game. He was nominated […]

Congress could move beach nourishment up 1 year

Manatee County natural resources director Charlie Hunsicker will have his fingers crossed when Congress votes March 27 on a new spending plan. Included in the plan are emergency funds to restore beaches damaged by Superstorm Sandy and Tropical Storm Debby. Hunsicker said T.S. Debby did considerable damage to Anna Maria Island beaches from Holmes Beach […]

Keep cool, says BB top cop

With the winter visitor season in high gear on both Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, Bradenton Beach Police Chief Sam Speciale has some advice for motorists. “Have patience,” he said, especially if the drawbridge is raised. He sees traffic backups routinely when the Cortez Bridge bascule goes up. Vehicles stack up on Gulf Drive […]

Lack of support kills BB gateway project

Bradenton Beach Commissioner Gay Breuler expressed disappointment after a March 7 capital improvement projects meeting that effectively killed her effort to beautify the city’s gateway. Breuler was authorized via consensus to pursue the landscaping project in September 2012. She was authorized to use $2,600 from the Scenic Waves Partnership Committee budget that was set aside […]

BB police officer recovering from head-on crash

Bradenton Beach Police Officer Erik Hill’s prognosis is significantly better than initially suspected following his March 3 head-on vehicle collision with a North Carolina fugitive. Amanda Varner, 24, led police on a brief pursuit along Holmes Boulevard in Holmes Beach, after her tag revealed she was driving a car stolen out of North Carolina. Law […]

New city position created, appointed by Holmes Beach mayor

Holmes Beach volunteer and native islander, Mary Buonagura, was hired by Holmes Beach Mayor Carmel Monti to a newly created city position as a human resource specialist.         In a press release, Monti said he hired Buonagura to update job descriptions, policy and procedure manuals, create performance evaluations, reinstate grievance procedures and provide Equal Employment […]

HB commish poised to approve chickens

Holmes Beach appears ready to allow chickens into the city.         An ordinance to allow residents to raise egg-laying hens within the city’s limits is on the March 12 commission agenda for final approval.         A 4-1 vote last month approved the new rule on chickens on first reading.         Commissioners in favor of the […]

Cortez man arrested for passing counterfeit cash

A 20-year-old Cortez man was charged Feb. 28 with two counts of felony counterfeit and misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine. According to the probable cause affidavit, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy was contacted by a Winn-Dixie employee at 3500 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton, regarding a man who attempted to pass a fake $20 bill. The […]

Island real estate transactions – 03-13-2013

  A sale address was incorrectly listed in the March 6 edition of The Islander. The sale at 537 68th St. should have been for 537 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,261 sfla / 2,744 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1972 on a 100×114 lot was sold 02/12/13, Tucker to Curry Family Partnership I […]